Paint Recycling 101: Metro program has statewide impacts
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Since Oregon’s Paint Stewardship program began in 2009, Oregonians now have close to 100 sites around the state to recycle unwanted paint products 

Back in the old days after a painting project, people poured leftover paint or paint thinner down the street drain. Hard to imagine. Now we know better about the damage this causes to waterways and wildlife. And, with 99 places in Oregon to recycle paint, it’s convenient to hand off unwanted products responsibly. But the huge variety of paint and coating products can confuse even avid recyclers. Here’s a quick primer on what can be recycled, where and when.

Paint products you can recycle at one of Oregon’s 99 paint collection sites

Oregonians can bring many, but not all, types of paint and coating products to paint collection sites. These sites include certain paint retailers, home improvement stores, recycled building material stores and, of course, municipal hazardous waste collection facilities.

Jim Stephens, owner of Powell Paint Center at 5205 SE Powell Blvd. in Portland, said customers use his store to recycle paint at the rate of filling four 100-gallon recycling totes per week. His store accepts paint from contractors too. Not all paint cans, even with approved products, are okay.

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